Pinehurst, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Martin Kaymer fired his second straight 5- under 65 on Friday to jump eight strokes clear of the field at the 114th U.S. Open Championship.
Kaymer ended 36 holes at 10-under-par 130. His total of 130 established a new U.S. Open 36-hole record. Rory McIlroy set the old mark of 131 at Congressional in 2011.
If Kaymer's 8-stroke lead holds, that would also set a new championship record.
The German is looking for his second major championship to go with his victory at the 2010 PGA Championship. Kaymer could also become the first player in PGA Tour history to win the Players Championship and the U.S. Open in the same year.
"It's not a done deal. You don't approach Saturday and Sunday in a relaxed way. It's never a time you can relax, unless its Sunday afternoon when you raise the trophy," stated Kaymer. "Then you can relax. But before that, you have to keep playing. You have to set your own goals and keep playing well."
Former PGA Champion Keegan Bradley shot 1-under 69 for the second straight day. He shares second place at minus-2 with Dustin Johnson (69), Brooks Koepka (68) and Brendon de Jonge (70). As the morning wave wraps up its second round, they are the only players in red figures through 36 holes.
Kevin Na and Graeme McDowell posted rounds of 68 on Thursday and are part of the afternoon wave on Friday, as is six-time runner-up Phil Mickelson.
World No. 1 Adam Scott rallied with a 3-under 67 to end two rounds at even-par 140. He was joined there by Italian Francesco Molinari (71). Steve Stricker (71) and J.B. Holmes (71) are done with 36 holes at plus-1, while Jimmy Walker, Victor Dubuisson and Seung-yul Noh, who all shot 72 on Friday, finished tworounds at 2-over-par 142.
Jim Furyk (70) has ended two rounds at plus-3. Two-time U.S. Open winners Ernie Els (70) and Retief Goosen (71) have finished 36 holes at 4-over 144, and they were joined there by Bill Haas (72), Stewart Cink (72) and Louis Oosthuizen (73).
Kaymer started his second round on the par-5 10th and opened with a birdie on that hole. After a pair of pars, he birdied the 13th and came back with another birdie at 16 to move to minus-8.
After four straight pars around the turn, Kaymer drove the green on the par-4 third and 2-putted for birdie. At the par-5 fifth, he kicked in a short birdie try to move to minus-10.
Kaymer got up and down for par on the sixth and seventh, then 2-putted for par on this final two holes to post 130. He has played 29 consecutive holes without a bogey, and has just one bogey through 36 holes.
"Very solid, again. I didn't make a bogey, which is nice. Yesterday, I made one bogey. I struggled a little bit the last four or five holes, but kept it fairly well together," Kaymer said. "I made a couple good up and downs on six and seven. I didn't miss many fairways or many greens."
The projected cut line stands at 5-over 145. Among those outside the projected cut line are former major winners Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Darren Clarke, Geoff Ogilvy and Lucas GLover, as well as Luke Donald, Graham DeLaet and Joe Ogilvie.
Jamie Donaldson and Hunter Mahan played the wrong balls on No. 18, their ninth hole of the day, and that led to both players making double-bogey on the hole. Both are outside the cut line as Mahan ended at plus-6 and Donaldson finished at 11-over 151.